According to a recent study conducted by researchers at Virginia Tech, Ohio State, and Pennsylvania State Universities, male gamers who are passive and polite online are less likely to be accepted as friends compared to male gamers who are aggressive and “talk trash”.
The opposite was found to be true with female gamers, who were more likely to make friends online through games by being “polite and positive” during play.
The researchers based their findings on a field experiment during which they created user accounts with gender-specific names in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 on PlayStation 3. Once their accounts were up, the researchers played and commented aggressively, and passively.
After the killing was done, the researchers sent out friend requests. Overall, women were more likely to be accepted as friends compared to men. When it came to men, those with a record of negative comments were more likely to have their friend requests accepted as opposed to those who gave positive comments.
Skill levels were found not to affect the findings.
Female profiles that gave out positive and polite comments, though, were more likely to have their friend requests accepted.
“We found support for the hypothesis that, in general, women would gain more compliance with friend requests than men. We also found support for the hypothesis that women making positive utterances would gain more compliance with friend requests than women making negative utterances, whereas men making negative utterances would gain more compliance with friend requests than men making positive utterances,” the report stated.
Which kind of gamer do you prefer playing with: trash talking, or sweet and caring? Let us know in the comments and forum.